Mental Illness 101. Overview. Nationwide 50 million Americans suffer from a mental illness in a given year Mental Illness is more common than: Cancer Diabetes Heart Disease Psychiatric disorders are the number 1 reason for hospital admissions nationwide. Overview Continued.
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Minimal change in sleep, appetite, energy
No change in self-attitude
Suicidal thought unlikely
Typically lasts less than one month
Fewer than half seek treatment
1 of 4 women and 1 of 10 men develop depression during their lifetime
Get professional help immediately
Tell someone or call the police
Assume the situation will take care of itself
Leave the person alone
Be sworn to secrecy
Challenge or dare
Argue or debate moral issuesHow to Help